Noh costume (karaori)


Edo period
18th century

Object Place: Japan


Overall: 160 x 135.3 cm (63 x 53 1/4 in.) Other (Collar): 15.6cm (6 1/8in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk; twill-weave ground with gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave and silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Noh theater robe, worn for female role, with a reddish-orange twill-weave silk ground completely covered with gilt paper discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts. The overall design is of straight blue flower stems with blossoms in light and dark blue, white, orange, yellow, green, violet, and black silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; reddish-orange plain weave silk lining.


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection